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Founded in Varese, italy in 1972 - Disbanded in 1974 - Reunited intermittently between 2010-2016

In 1968 German Martin Thurn (guitar) went to an international school in Varese (North Italy) where he founded a band named SONS OF GIOVE. Other members were Wolfgang Schoene, Thomas Schmidt (later PELL MELL) and Jutta Nienhaus. Renamed to JOICE (due to a misprint later YOICE) the band went on in 1970 with drummer Hermann-Jürgen Nienhaus (brother of Jutta) and Mauro Rattaggi (bass), the only italian member of the band. After a lot of gigs in the south of Swiss and North Italy they were able to buy some professional equipment and in 1971 JOICE got a contract with an italian label. During a festival in Arona a spontanous collaboration happened with keyboarder Nikola Pankoff whilst playing a free interpretation of Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother". Pankoff became a band member afterwards. Their first release was the Single "Sold Out/God's Own Land", two songs written by Thurn. At the end of the year Rattaggi had to join the army and left the band. Schoene changed to the bass.

The recordings for their first LP started early 1972 in Milan and they finally renamed to ANALOGY corresponding to the title of their most important song. Soon some trouble occured about the sleeve pictures. The band wanted an artwork illustrated by Pankoff but the label demanded on some nude photos which had been taken for the former single production. Rattaggi was covered by the blue vertical bar which includes the band logo. The songs of their debut are gradually developed with a more psychedelic and experimental style provided with a dark atmosphere. ANALOGY's distinctions were Jutta Nienhaus' unique vocals, Thurn's and Pankoff's impressive instrumental skills on guitar and Hammond organ. In Italy the band now could reach some attention and appreciation. They played at a Rock festival in Rome with 30.000 spectators, appeared during some RAI radio sessions and could also be seen on TV. But ANALOGY remained practically unknown outside of Italy though.

In September 1972 Pankoff left the band because of some disagreements about the musical direction. 1973 it came to a new collaboration with flute player Rocco Abate, member of the Milano Scala Orchestra, who was searching for new experiences. Martin Thurn and Wolfgang Schoene composed a 30 minute set of thematically-linked musical pieces simply entitled "The Suite". In this work the classical music of the Renaissance-period ...
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3.16 | 50 ratings
3.55 | 29 ratings
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3.83 | 6 ratings
25 Years Later

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4.00 | 2 ratings

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 Analogy by ANALOGY album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.16 | 50 ratings

Analogy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Certif1ed
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Let me give you an Analogy

Imagine someone battering a drum kit with a pair of baseball bats, with the most basic of timekeeping abilities and no understanding of what a fill is supposed to sound like. Your 4 year-old nephew, perhaps.

Got that?

OK, now add a bass player who only knows where the root notes are, a guitarist who only knows the standard set of chords, and a keyboard player happiest sticking with just the one chord.

Your 4 year-old nephew's friends, perhaps.

Now, add a female vocalist who fancies herself an opera singer, but can't really control the vibrato, only has a 4-note range, and has the habit of interjecting yeah! at funny moments. At least, I laughed.

Give her a tone a bit like Mariska Veres, with a worse handling of English words - but really make that vibrato bad, to stop it sounding so cute you can forgive it.

Now give the band a 2-chord jam to noodle along to, with insistent bash-bash rhythms, plenty of pentatonic blufferama and duff notes in the solos, and you end up with something like this.

No wonder it needed the band (without wishing to seem sexist, but specifically the female vocalist) to be naked on the cover.

Prog Rock?

Not on your nelly!

True, it comes together every now and again to sound a bit like those movies we never watch - you know, the ones with naked vampires in - but musically, it's as satisfying as a piece of damp toast.

Taken as a piece of musical comedy, there are moments galore - Indian Meditation being absolutely crammed with them, from the laughable drum entry, to the side-splitting vocals. Maybe that's a bit cruel - but some of the musicianship really is that poor - and it need not matter, if competent musicianship is not what you prize in music.

As lightweight entertainment, when taken as a roughly-hewn piece of psychedelia that might have clawed its way out of the ground in 1967, it's actually not bad - quite engaging from the point of view of waiting for the next faux-pas, and actually being pleasantly surprised by some of the beautiful sonic textures that pop out of the general naive muddling around.

When you put it into perspective, among the great Progressive Rock that was released in 1972, however, this does seem a bit of a joke.

Thick as a brick perhaps...?

I can't really call this album poor in itself, as it's a very enjoyable listen, in the right frame of mind, with only as few moments of real cringing. But no serious progger would actually want this in their collection - unless they were one of those people that just buys albums for the cover... and even then...

 Analogy by ANALOGY album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.16 | 50 ratings

Analogy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions

3 stars Does it bear analogy?

ANALOGY was not a child of Germany in a strict sense. The members were german (with one exception) but never had an appearance there as a band. They worked together in North Italy since 1968 using different names. The eponymous debut was released in 1972 and attracted attention also because of the use of some nude pictures. On the original vinyl release ANALOGY is presenting seven songs with a krautrock attitude, an impressive mix of psychedelic, symphonic, jazz and blues rock. There is a lot of great hammond appearances to point out and the vocals are very unique - most likely comparable with Inga Rumpf or Annie Haslam.

Fine contributions by all band members are guaranteed on the first track which stands for the special style of the band. Dark reflections has a diversified song structure based on a blues theme and contains magical vocals, a dramatic drum work, symphonic organ and a jazzy guitar. Weeping may endure switches between calm vocal parts and heavy simultan hammond and guitar interaction. Indian meditation has transitions to american psych and a fantastic organ part by Nicola Pankoff. The title song might be the highlight for many listeners. He was finally responsible for changing the band name to ANALOGY anyhow. The song is instrumental epic with very interesting psychedelic guitar work but cannot convince me as much as the first songs. The same with the following The year's at the spring which remembers me at Jefferson Airplane. Pan-am flight 249 finally is a bonus track for the Garden Of Delights CD release of the year 2002 - another blues based song nearly on the same level and in the manner of the opener.

A fine debut by ANALOGY with a special mix of styles which deserves a lot more attraction - 3.5 stars.

 Analogy by ANALOGY album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.16 | 50 ratings

Analogy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by hdfisch
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The sound on the debut by german band Analogy is dominated by the vocals of Jutta Nienhaus and Hammond by Nikola Pankoff. Obviously their style had been inspired by late 60's psychedelic rock featuring some folksy and as well some Krautrock elements.

Already the opener is a quite nice one with a rather sluggish and dragging rhythm and strong vocals fitting perfectly together. In Weeping May Endure vocals are reaching at times some higher pitch, some fellows might have problems with but they are a nice contrast to the rocking guitar play and the roaring Hammond sound. Indian Meditation sounds even more psychedelic and Martin Thurn's guitar play is a bit reminiscent to early Floyd. There's also some flute added by him. After the short instrumental Tin´s Song there is the quite long title track which is deeply in the vein of late 60's psyche rock. Finally there is the very dynamic The Years At The Spring and the nice song Pan-Am Flight 249.


ANALOGY were presenting here very good psyche rock rooted deeply in late 60's, but sounding a bit dated for the time being. Their music cannot be compared with the one of classic symphonic prog, so I rather doubt whether this record could be called an essential one in this subgenre or in general. But anyway a VERY GOOD one and an enjoyable listen.

 Analogy by ANALOGY album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.16 | 50 ratings

Analogy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by bonzo1969

4 stars This forgotten swiss band based in Italy made this strong album in 1972. The original cover shows the memberes naked, with the beautiful Jutta Nienhaus in evidence. Her theatrical voice reminds me sometimes the great Nico. The music? Lot of hammond and dark atmospheres. There are no fillers here. Good.
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